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Jan 14, 2013 7:00am PST
class is shrinking deficits in a balanced and responsible way. and for nearly two years now, i have been fighting for such a plan. one that would reduce our deficits by $4 trillion over the next decades. which would stabilize our debt and deficit in a sustainable way for the next decade. that would be enough not only to stop the growth of our debt relative to the size of our economy but it would make it manageable so that it does not crowd out the investments we need to make in people, education, job training, science, medical research. step by step, we made progress towards that goal. over the past two years, i have signed into law about $1.4 trillion in spending cuts. two weeks i signed into law more than $600 billion in new revenue by making sure the wealthiest americans begin to pay their fair share. when you add the money that will save in interest payments on the debt, altogether that adds up to a total of $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the past two years. not counting the $400 billion already saved from winding down the wars in iraq and afghanistan. so, we have made progr
ABC
Jan 20, 2013 8:00am PST
to approach the deficit and issues like immigration and gun safety and i don't think he's going to be very frustrated if washington is completely divorced from the reality in the country, so he's going to seek common ground. he's going to find every way he can to compromise, but he's going to be pretty clear and we're also going to bring the american people more into the debate than the first term. >> what's the big difference in the president obama who took the oath four years ago and the one that will take the oath tomorrow? >> there's atmospheric differences. we had an economy collapsing all around us and he was a first term president and still putting together his team and agenda and cabinet and still the economy is too weak but recovering and the question is right now building on that as opposed to simply trying to stem the bleeding. there's a big difference and i think the experience of the office, as you know, you know, that helps a lot and so i think he does have even more sure-footedness in his approach. >> it can become a bit of a burden. historians write about the second term cu
ABC
Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm PST
requiring our retirement related on bli investigations. >> critics say california would still have a deficit. >> if making payments we needed to pay for benefits, we'd be $9 billion in the hole. so the only way you can show we're not is by ignoring he's obligation autos the brown administration says ate dresses problems just not as fast as critics with like because there is only so much money and the state has more pressing needs. >> we're paying it down on a schedule basis, holding a line on spending. and we believe we've got a proven road map. >> the analyst has concerns about how schools are being given money that is an initiative to make campuses more energy efficient. being counted as part of per pupil spending. >> we've raised concerns over whether it meets language of prop 39. >> both agree that state budget could be turned upside down as soon as next n month if california receives less money from feds as a result of the negotiations in washington, d.c.. live in sacramento abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> former president bush left the hospital in texas today after bet battling illness. b
ABC
Jan 13, 2013 8:00am PST
consistent with a get real strategy? >> the biggest deficit the country has is a leadership deficit and the truth is the wings of both parties don't represent america. we have a republic not representative to the public. that's one of the reasons i'm one of the national co-founders of no labels to get that over rhetoric. we do need more leadership over the president and have a plan and push forward with regard to a grand bargain strategy because we desperately need one. we need one in 2013. we may not have until 2015. i'm confident we don't have till 2017. >> coming off the fiscal cliff negotiations and the whole experience with that, is that realistic at all in 2013? >> i think it is realistic if you do three things, one, the president has to demonstrate much more leadership. he's the only one elected by the people. he's the chief executive officer. he's got the bully pulpit. secondly, we need to engage the american people with the facts, the truth, with the tough choices in a way forward. i've done it all over the country, all 50 states. they're way ahead of the politicians. they
ABC
Jan 15, 2013 5:00am PST
of the governor's budget saying that after years of multibillion dollar deficit california has revenues and expenditures in balance. >> taxpayers are angry over the cost of a $30 million computer system that the county says does not work properly and it is still in use. the county sued the consulting company and software provider and a former county auditor saying that the system cost taxpayers $28.6 million. the county settles with the company for $3.9 million rebate on $11 million in fees. the lawsuit cost $5 million. all other claims have been dropped. >> alameda county estimates 15,000 children are eligible for low income health care program but the families do not take advantage of it. to resolution awareness and a few eyebrows, alameda county started this ad campaign showing a family showing all with signs of the message "you would not let your family go without clothes why let they goal without health coverage," they want families to take advantage of health insurance to prevent serious health problems. >> if you were trapped in the mortgage mess and lost your home we have import
ABC
Jan 19, 2013 4:00am PST
will get democrats involved in the deficit reduction debate by passing a budget by april. >>> and former new orleans mayor, ray nagin, who promised to crack down on corruption, has been indicted on corruption charges. nagin is facing 21 counts, including wire fraud, aun money laundering. mark greenblatt has this story. >> reporter: indicted for construction. the one-time former rock star mayor of new orleans, stands accused of what he campaigned against. >> this state and this city, is saying to the old-line politic toes, we're tired of the games. >> reporter: it's a striking fall from grace for ray nagin, as the justice department indicts him for awarding lucrative contracts and kickbacks in vacation hot spots. he's accused of pocketing more than $200,000 in describes. and the indictment even charges nagin for trying to pocket cash for himself, as the city struggled to recover from hurricane katrina. he awarded a contract for sidewalks. and the next day, a business family member paid nagin a kickback. one of the many allegations now lodged against the man, famous for deciding the federa
ABC
Jan 19, 2013 7:00am PST
will force senate democrats to get involved in the deficit reduction debate by passing a budget by april. >>> and former new orleans mayor, ray nagin, who promised to crack down on corruption, has been indicted on corruption charges. nagin is facing 21 counts, including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. abc's mark greenblatt has this story. >> reporter: indicted for corruption. the one-time former rock star mayor of new orleans, stands caused of becoming exactly what he campaigned against. >> this state and this city, is saying to the old-line politicos we're tired of the games. we're tired of the corruption. and we want to go in a new direction. >> reporter: it's a striking fall from grace for ray nagin, as the justice department now charges him with awarding lucrative city contracts in exchange for kickbacks and trips to vacation hot spots like hawaii, jamaica and las vegas. he's accused of pocketing more than $200,000 in bribes. and the indictment even charges nagin with trying to pocket cash for himself, as the city struggled to recover from hurricane katrina. ? one case, nag
ABC
Jan 13, 2013 7:00am PST
to a federal deficit budget. the not long ago in a hotel ballroom not that far away -- an idea was born. >> we're watching a new online tool called me the people to allow americans to directly petition the white house. >> reporter: it was a noble concept, the kind of thing obi-wan or obama wan kenobi would have thought of. >> help me, obi-wan kenobi. you're my only hope. >> reporter: to go on to the website, and petition for change. if 25,000 citizens agreed, the administration would respond. but faster than a light sabre, people began petitioning for all kinds of strange things from recognizing ping-pong as a school sport to deporting piers morgan for his views on guns, but the most popular idea of all -- >> i have a bad feeling about this. >> reporter: a petition to, quote, secure resources and funding and begin construction of a death star by 2016. the reason? to, quote, spur job creation and strengthen our national defense. nearly 35,000 people went online and agreed, and the white house, true to its word, responded saying intergalactic domination probably isn't the best idea in the univer
ABC
Jan 14, 2013 3:00am PST
much pork and would only add to the federal deficit. >> that's not sitting well with republicans and democrats from the northeast. here's abc's david kerley. >> i need help so bad. >> reporter: 2 1/2 months and the victims of sandy and their representatives have had enough. >> they have suffered long enough. they need to hear from their government. >> reporter: they are helping. but in chunks. congress passed more than $9 billion in aid a week ago. but the states and the president have asked for another $50 billion. instead, the house plan calls for just $17 billion for what it calls emergency aid. >> absurd! absolutely absurd! we demand nothing less than we have given the rest of the country. >> reporter: and surprisingly, some republicans are from hurricane regions. one from mississippi called for more help just last year for katrina relief. but opposed sandy relief, making him a target for skewering. >> many of my constituents in mississippi are still dealing with the effects of hurricane katrina. >> it's someone else's constituents in new york. instead of seven years later, i
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